Bullying is a form of youth violence with intimidating negative actions towards another person seen as vulnerable. Common types of bullying can include:

  • Physical bullying: hitting, punching, stealing, or damaging someone’s property.
  • Verbal bullying: name-calling, teasing, or making insensitive remarks about someone’s race, sexual orientation, gender, etc.
  • Cyber bullying: harassment or making fun of someone using digital technologies such as cell phones and social networking sites (like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Tumblr).
  • Social bullying: spreading rumors, gossiping, and purposely excluding someone from a particular group.

It is not easy to admit to being bullied. The person often feels too embarrassed or ashamed to tell anyone what they’re going through. Some warning signs that reveal someone may be being bullied at school are:

  • Lack of desire to go to school
  • Expresses lack of trust with school personnel
  • Sudden decline in academic performance
  • Lack of interest in attending school activities or events
  • Significant changes in mood and behaviors
  • Talks about feeling depressed or anxious
  • Increased concern with personal safety
  • Feeling need to carry protection devices or weapons to school

It is important to note that bullying can have negative and long-lasting effects on those who are or have been victims. Victims of bullying are at higher risk for developing mental health problems like:

  • Anxiety: excessive thoughts, worries and stress
  • Low self-esteem: having poor self image and negative thoughts about oneself
  • Isolation: detaching oneself from friends or loved ones
  • Depression: feelings of worthlessness, increased irritability, and persistent feelings of sadness
  • Increase in suicidal ideations: thoughts about hurting oneself

If you witness someone being bullied, do not join in on the bullying, offer support and stand up for the person being bullied, and encourage him/her to seek help and support. If you are a victim of bullying, ask for help! Whatever you do, do not bring weapons to school as a means of protection!


21 Day Kindness Challenge

The 21 Day Kindness Challenge emphasizes respect for others, promotes responsible decisions, creates a positive atmosphere, develops empathy, strengthens the school community, and increases positive behaviors. It is a proactive approach to bullying as it focuses on the positive interactions that take place around campus. As a result, attention is taken away from bullying behaviors and negative interactions.

There are three programs designed for schools grades K-12. The mission of the 21 Day Kindness Challenge is to empower youth to change their world with kindness.

During the Kindness Challenge students, teachers, principals, and staff are asked to do 5 acts of kindness every day for 21 school days. When promising to do 5 acts of kindness every day for 21 days the students, teachers and staff unite together and develop a stronger school community.





A Thin Line

Offers information on digital abuse- forced sexting, textual harassment and cyberbullying.


I Am A Witness

A keyboard to help end bullying. With emojis, stickers and GIFs, you can tell a bully to stop, or you can support a friend, or you can just generally spread good vibes around the world.



KnowBullying (For Parents)

An app that provides tips about bullying for specific age groups: 3-6, 7-13, and teens. Provides warning signs of child bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying. Provides online resources, conversation starters, resources for educators on how to prevent bullying in the classroom, and how to support children being bullied.

Email SAMHSA at SAMHSAInfo@samhsa.hhs.gov for questions or comments.



L.A. Youth Network

Office phone: 323-467-8466.

Emergency shelter: 323-240-2253.

Foster care services: 323-703-7002.

Hotline for teens issues such as homelessness, bullying, violence, pregnancy, eating disorders, self-harm and depression. Services include 24/7 hotline, emergency shelters/ homeless youth housing, education & career development, mental health and wellness.

Los Angeles, CA

7 days a week 24 hrs



Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying

Website offers resources that include support and resources for victims, literature for parents to help their children through bullying situations, classroom toolkits for educators, and much more.


San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc.’s Bullying and School Violence Advocacy Program

24/7 call center for Bullying. Services include live counseling by phone, in-person advocacy, resources & referrals for students, parents & educators, educational & informational presentation. Located in Van Nuys, CA

Bullying is never okay. We can help – call us. 1-866-BE-A-HERO

san fernando, CA



Sit With Us

Sit With Us is a social networking app designed to promote kindness and inclusion in schools. Offers features to coordinate lunch with your friends, volunteer to be Ambassadors for their schools, and post open lunch events on campus where everyone will be included. Sit With Us was designed by a 16 year old girl who was a victim of severe bullying. It was terrible having to eat lunch alone everyday, so her goal was to create an app to make sure that no kids felt like they had nowhere to go.



Stomp Out Bullying

STOMP Out Bullying is the leading national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization for kids and teens in the United States. Website offers a free and confidential evening online chat for youth ages 13-24 with issues around bullying and cyberbullying and resources for students, parents and educators.



Stop Bullying

Website provides information about bullying and how it can be prevented and responded to. Also provides referrals for victims of bullying on how to get help. 


Stop Cyberbullying

Website provides information about cyberbullying and cyberbullying prevention programs.


Stop It Now

Helpline answers questions about sexual abuse of children and adolescents. Website also provides information and email.


M-F 12pm-6pm (ET)




That’s Not Cool

24hr Hotline (1-866-331-8453 TTY)
An online resource for bullying and offers info on relationship abuse & peer pressure.

7 days 24 hours



The Positive Results Corporation

The Positive Results Corporation provides free group workshops for awareness and prevention of bullying and teen dating violence. They also conduct 12-week youth leadership, financial empowerment, and healthy relationship workshops for free. Call for scheduling and further information. Please visit website’s “About Us” page to see if you are eligible. English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL) available.

Los Angeles, CA 90002





Your Life Your Voice

Offers universal crisis portals for children/ youth, on phone, text and on-line, to reach qualified professional crisis counselors 24/7. Text VOICE to 20121 to start a text conversation. Text open every day, 2PM to 1AM CST.

7 days 24 Hours



Your Life Your Voice

Offers universal crisis portals for children/youth on phone and on-line as mechanisms to reach professional crisis counselors

7 days 24 hours



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